Hartford vs. Sacred Heart
April 25, 2007
The Game Story:
WEST HARTFORD, CT The University of Hartford Lacrosse team was edged by Sacred Heart 12-10, at Al-Marzook Field on a rainy Wednesday evening.

The Hawks (2-11 overall) were led by Justin Bearse who finished the game with four goals while Rob Steffens tallied three goals of his own. Brian Tilley, Jacob Eustice and Steve Roop contributed with one goal each. Sophomore goalie Jon McMahon had a valiant effort for the Hawks finishing the day with 13 saves.

Sacred Heart (3-8 overall) had eight different players in the scoring column. Bobby Rushton finished with three goals for the Pioneers while Rory Morse and Michael Collins each added two. Zach Smith was perfect on the game for the Pioneers going 25 of 25 in the face-off column.

Steffens got the Hawks started early with a quick goal 25 seconds into the game off a pass from Tom Harris. Less than two minutes expired before Bearse hit his first goal of the game with an assist from David Spivey to put the Hawks up 2-0.

The Pioneers would get their first goal of the game from Morse off a rebound in front of the net at the 9:36 mark. A Hartford player would then get a three minute penalty for an illegal stick to give Sacred Heart the advantage. The Pioneers would capitalize with two goals one coming from Morse and the other from Evan Morgan to make it 3-2. Rushton would hit two more goals for the Pioneers to close out the first quarter making it 5-2 in favor of the Pioneers.

Sacred Heart would score at the beginning of the second quarter before Hartford would hit three consecutive goals. Eustice, Tilley and Steffens would all score within a five minute span to narrow the Pionner lead 6-5. Collins would extend the lead to three with back to back goals for Sacred Heart. Roop would tack on one more for the Hawks off a Harris assist his third of the day to end the second.

The Hawks would trade goals with the Pioneers for the remainder of the game. Bearse would hit three of the Hawks final four goals while Steffens would score the other. The Pioneers made two goals in the third while adding two more in the fourth. Hartford was beaten in the ground ball category 48 to 36.

Hartford will close out the regular season on Saturday, April 28 when they travel to Vermont for a match-up at 11:00 a.m. The Hawks could earn a playoff berth in the America East Championship by defeating the Catamounts and with a Stony Brook loss.